Radio & TV

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Segment on Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin and X-ray crystallography for Secrets of Size Part 1: Going Small with Jim Al-Khalili, first broadcast on
BBC 4 on 16 May 2022.

Segment on Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin on The Antiques Road Trip, first broadcast on BBC 1 on 14 September 2022.

Contribution to panel, with Patricia Fara and Judith Howard, for In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, first broadcast 3 October 2019.

Who wants to live forever?

Contribution on crystallography and Dorothy Hodgkin to BBC’s Tomorrow’s World podcast, first available 1 February 2018.

The letters of Ada Lovelace

BBC Radio 4, last broadcast 14 and 21 October 2015. Currently not available on iPlayer.

A two-part series dramatising the life of the pioneering mathematician through her letters, starring Sally Hawkins as Ada and Anthony Head as Charles Babbage.

An eye for pattern

BBC Radio 4, last broadcast 6-10 October 2014. Available on BBC iPlayer.

Five-part series dramatising the life of Dorothy Hodgkin through her letters.


During the 1980s and 1990s I contributed regularly to BBC Radio 4’s weekly magazine programme Science Now. From 1982 I researched, wrote and presented a number of radio documentaries and series, including No Science Please – We’re British and This Little Piggy (a six-part series for parents about the under-5s). My 1988 series The Seven Ages of Health, investigating local and regional initiatives to promote health and prevent disease in Britain, won a Glaxo Science Writers’ Prize.

Other work for radio includes the historical series Cold War: Hot Science (1996), the six-part series of Blue Skies (2000), on the theme of images in science, and the documentary on music and memory Here’s One I Prepared Earlier (2004) on Radio 3; Hearing Colours, Eating Sounds (two-part documentary, 2002) on the topic of synaesthesia, Lifeblood (two-part documentary, 2003) and Wired for Life (2 part documentary, 2004) for Radio 4; and Restoration Science (four-part documentary, 2004) for BBC World Service.